“… what it is that men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word is what they fear most .” Great insight from Crime and punishment by Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881). Dostoyevsky’s best known novels are Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.
Wikipedia writes: ‘Dostoyevsky’s literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th-century existentialism, Dostoyevsky wrote, with the embittered voice of the anonymous “underground man”, Notes from Underground (1864), which was called the “best overture for existentialism ever written” by Walter Kaufmann. Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature.‘
Fear of change is not a modern problem. It is not introduced by technology. Is it the fear of venturing out possible having to face the unknown alone? What do you think?